Public Data Shows Chemicals in Tap Water
By: JOHN HEILPRIN (Tue, Dec/20/2005)
Drinking water may have a lot more in it than just H20 and fluoride, according to an environmental group's analysis of records in 42 states.
A survey by the Environmental Working Group released on Tuesday found 141 unregulated chemicals and an additional 119 for which the Environmental Protection Agency has set health-based limits. Most common among the chemicals found were disinfection byproducts, nitrates, chloroform, barium, arsenic and copper.
The research-and-advocacy organization compiled findings from the states that agreed to provide data they collected from 1998 to 2003. That data comes from nearly 40,000 water utilities, serving 231 million people. The utilities were required by federal law to report that data to consumers. Read more...
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